Graduate Program

MSN Pathways

Clinical Leadership in Practice


Clinical Leadership in Practice (CLIP) students work closely with faculty and community leaders to gain an array of experiences that will open career opportunities. Nurses completing this program will develop both clinical excellence and the leadership skills needed to manage successfully in climates of change and innovation in health care. With emphasis on quality, safety, and care coordination, the CLIP curriculum prepares MSN graduates to lead in organizations from the bedside to the boardroom.


Through specific coursework and internship experiences, graduates are prepared to provide innovative nursing care in current healthcare delivery systems. Classes center on advancing nursing practice in a contemporary healthcare setting. CLIP is a generalist pathway that builds on the experienced nurse’s practice to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to keep pace with today’s practice environment. RN to MSN entry allows practicing associate degree-prepared nurses to accelerate their education and seamlessly complete a MSN degree. Entry options are also available for nurses with a bachelors degree in a field other than nursing and with a BSN.

    Nurse Educator


     Students enrolled in the Nurse Educator Pathway specialization are committed to developing skills

     and knowledge specific to nursing education. This pathway guides students to develop key strategies

     for leadership roles in clinical staff development, clinical education, and/or academic instruction.  

     Coursework and clinical experiences provide individualized learning to enhance nursing education and

     consultation.


     Nurses who are committed to advancing the nursing profession, developing nursing staff, and

     educating the next generation of nurses may be interested in the MSN Nurse Educator specialty      

     pathway.

Clinical Nurse Specialist


Students enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Pathway are committed to advancing the practice role of a specific patient group or population focus. This APRN pathway guides students to further their clinical expertise within their area of focus. Coursework and clinical experiences provide individualized learning to refine collaborative skills and interaction with the healthcare team to improve the quality of patient care.


Nurses who are committed to improving clinical outcomes, advancing direct care through care coordination, evaluation of quality indicators, and collaboration with the healthcare team may be interested in the MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist specialty pathway.

Nurse Practitioner


Students enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Pathway or the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Pathway are committed to becoming independent primary care providers. These APRN pathways guide students to further their clinical expertise across the lifespan or the adult population and practice as a responsible care provider. Coursework and clinical experiences provide individualized learning to develop proficiency as a primary care provider. Specialized knowledge and the art of delivering care are emphasized to meet practice standards and competencies.


Nurses who are autonomous and committed to providing direct care may be interested in either the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner or the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner specialty pathway.

Certificate Programs

Nurse Educator Certificate


The Nurse Educator Certificate is intended for individuals who are committed to advancing the nursing profession, developing nursing staff, and educating the next generation of nurses. Nurses with a baccalaureate or a masters’ degree are eligible to enroll in this certificate program. Graduate level credits earned are eligible as transfer credits for future graduate study.

Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate


The Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate is designed as either a Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner pathway. Coursework and clinical experiences provide individualized learning to develop proficiency as a primary care provider. Specialized knowledge and the art of delivering care are emphasized with an individualized curriculum plan to meet practice standards and competencies. Prior, graduate coursework may be accepted as transfer credits to fulfill learning objectives and fulfill requirements for licensure and certification.